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I am a resident of the United States and currently have a 10 year green card.. I am from the UK and recently travelled back to visit my parents 2 weeks ago. On my arrival back to the USA I was going through the POE for US Citizens and Residents and expected to just pass straight on through like my husband. But the officer was rather stern with me wanting to know why I had gone to the UK, the length of my stay (10 days) and what my occupation was in the USA. I found this rather odd..... is this standard protocol when returning back to the USA if your a green card holder?


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Odd?  Why? Yes, it is standard procedure....and it their job to vet anyone entering the US.  After all, their concern is security. Even as a citizen, I was asked about the purpose of my trip, and the length of stay when I returned from Taiwan a few months ago.


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Just now, missileman said:

Odd?  Why? Yes, it is standard procedure....and it their job to vet anyone entering the US.  After all, their concern is security. Even as a citizen, I was asked about the purpose of my trip, and the length of stay when I returned from Taiwan a few months ago.

I guess I just wondered as 1) it was my first time entering the USA on a green card so was unsure of what to expect and 2) that lucky husband of mine breezed through without a single word from the officer LOL


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I haven't left the country since I arrived with my immigrant visa, however on the day I did arrive with it the family in front of me was a USC husband, a green card wife, a green card daughter and 2 other USC children. The wife was questioned in a similar way that you were (how long had she been out of the country, why and what does she do here). I guess it's just a brief check to make sure you are complying with the terms "permanent resident". You only need to browse the forums here to see that absences of 6 months and more seem to be commonplace. When I arrived in December, even USCs were being asked where they had been and why. I have also been asked this at the U.K. border. 


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8 minutes ago, JFH said:

I haven't left the country since I arrived with my immigrant visa, however on the day I did arrive with it the family in front of me was a USC husband, a green card wife, a green card daughter and 2 other USC children. The wife was questioned in a similar way that you were (how long had she been out of the country, why and what does she do here). I guess it's just a brief check to make sure you are complying with the terms "permanent resident". You only need to browse the forums here to see that absences of 6 months and more seem to be commonplace. When I arrived in December, even USCs were being asked where they had been and why. I have also been asked this at the U.K. border. 

Thank you... At least I know what to expect should I leave the USA a second time. :D 


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My husband is a U.S. citizen since birth and he was asked the exact same questions you were asked when he returned from a 3-week international trip. If you are traveling often, you can apply for global entry. I've never had to go through an officer when returning since I got global entry.


 

 



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When a then-very-pregnant Mrs. T-B. re-entered with me at Houston a few years ago (with her green card), she was essentially treated like a criminal, right before my eyes.  I very nearly demanded a CBP supervisor.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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I've been asked the same types of questions numerous times as well, and I'm a USC. Sometimes it's a ~7s encounter with CBP, and sometimes it's a minute or so of questioning for me. The questions you were asked aren't anything unusual.


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9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

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8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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I was pretty much grilled on my first entry back, but that seemed to be all to do with ensuring I understood the residency requirements. Since then I've travelled out the US a good number of times (I can't remember exactly...maybe 10 times in just under 3 years?) and never got more than a "welcome home".

I enrolled in global entry last year and it's worth every penny, especially if you travel a lot in the US as well and benefit from the included TSA precheck.

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i travel to canada all the time (regular passport). I am questioned WAY more coming home, then entering Canada lolol

 

and the opposite is true for my fiance (again, traveling on a regular passport). Hes back and forth every 2-3 weeks and gets questioned more on his way home (and consequently his truck being searched frequently) than when entering the US lolol


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I travel often and internationally 10-12 times a year and it's a hit or miss. Sometimes no questions asked, sometimes they want to know where you've been and why (I'm a USC) and how much stuff you bought abroad (I guess for customs purposes and whether to refer you or not for secondary at customs).

The oddest was when the immigration agent asked me to show him my Italian passport (I'm a dual citizen and I mostly use my Italian passport to enter other countries). I did and chances were that it was a brand new one (just renewed) and with no stamps (EU passports don't get stamped while entering/leaving the EU) so he had no comment (the old one would have had countless stamps and visas, so I'm glad I skipped the possible questioning).

I had problems in Italy twice when I brought my newborn son, as the border police told me the infant had to enter with an Italian passport. I had to tell them I would have gladly complied with if only the Italian Consulate didn't take 9-10 months to process his papers and grant him a passport (same happened with my daughter 3 years ago).


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Biometrics: 7/25/06

ID: 10/24/06 - Approved

Conditional GC Received: 11/3/06

I-751

RD: 7/31/08

NOA 1: 8/6/08

Biometrics: 8/26/08

Transferred to CSC: 2/25/09

Approved: 4/23/09 (email received)

Card mailed: 4/28/09 (email received)

Card Received: 5/1/09

N-400

RD & PD: 7/28/09

NOA 1: 8/1/09

Biometric appt: 8/12/09

Interview Letter received: 10/02/09 (notice dated 09/29)

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